Author's Note: Summer is here and that has made it incredibly hard for me to focus on fan fiction. But today, I forced myself not to do anything else until I finished this chapter. So, enjoy!
No one said anything for the longest time.
I kept my gaze fixed on the screen which had gone blank a while ago. I could still picture Magneto's smug face and hear his confident voice in the air. Beside me, I could feel Angela's worried eyes boring into me and I knew that she could not possibly be happy with what I had just done. A quick glance at Booth confirmed that he also was upset. They just didn't understand! Logic was the only way to win this battle with Magneto. Surely, someone had to see that and understand that!
I understand, Dr. Brennan.
The Professor's gaze was full of wisdom, understanding, and yet speckled with sadness. He, out of anyone here, had to know what I was doing was the only option.
You don't know that.
His voice was more defiant in my mind.
I do, Professor. You know it too.
He shook his head sadly and sighed.
That doesn't mean that Magneto will keep his promise.
I knew that.
I knew very well that madmen like Magneto rarely were true to their word. Still, if I could guarantee everyone's safety—even just for a little bit—then surely, I would find a way out of this mess. Besides, it seemed like Magneto valued his honor and didn't seem like the type to break his word.
Professor, please trust me.
"Are you crazy?" Angela whispered and I faced her. Her body seemed to be trembling and I could see tears in her eyes. "He could kill you!"
"I don't wanna hear it!" She screamed and I was taken slightly aback. I had never heard Angela lose control like this. For as long as I had known her, she was the very definition of calm. To hear her like this . . . It made me feel very uncomfortable. "Daisy is dead!" She furiously wiped a tear away. "And I will not lose you too!"
"Shut up," Angela growled furiously and I was shocked into silence. "Try to understand what I'm telling you. He will kill you and then he'll kill all of us too! Is that what you want?" I bit my lower lip and tried to think of a rational thing to say to her, but it was clear to me that she was far past the realm of logic.
"I don't want to argue with you," I confessed. "I need you to trust me."
"Bones," Booth's voice was soft and contemplative. He took a step forward and I could see pain clearly written on his face. "Just think for a second here."
"I am thinking!" I shouted. "I am being rational and using logic to prevent any more killings! This is what needs to be done!"
"It doesn't!" Booth yelled, his voice becoming severely intense and his eyes flashing pure fury. "You don't need to be a martyr for all of us."
"He's right, Dr. Brennan," Hodgins agreed. "Look, we've got the X-Men here. They can stop Magneto." He smiled slightly. "With them here, he doesn't stand a chance." I admired his optimism, but he knew as well as I did, that this was the only way.
"Did having them here prevent Daisy from dying?"
Shocked expressions filled the room and I felt my head bow in shame.
It was a low blow and I could see shame fill Logan's face and pity fill the Professor's. It was low, but it was the truth. If I could stop Magneto from killing more innocent people—people who had loved ones—then why shouldn't I? I did believe that the X-Men were a capable fighting force, but Daisy had died even with them here.
I was not going to take any more chances.
And if they hated me for it, then so be it.
"I will not let another person die," I tried to make my voice firm and in control, but a wave of emotions was threatening to overtake me. Damn it! Why couldn't I keep myself in control? "And if you have problems, then so be it. This is my choice and none of you can change it."
"Dr. Brennan, no!" A southern accent piped up from the back. "Yah can't do this!" Rogue sprinted to where I stood and her emerald eyes were beginning to fill with worry. "Yah don't know Magneto. He could kill yah!" Besides her, Gambit nodded in agreement.
"I know what I'm doing." I was getting frustrated and tired by this whole ordeal and frankly, I just wanted to go back to my apartment and change into some different clothes before Magneto came.
"Then, let meh come with yah."
"Stripes, you can't—" Logan began to run to where Rogue was standing, but stopped once he reached Angela. He grasped for her hand and held it within his own.
"If yah know what you're doin,'" A devious expression filled her eyes, but her face remained neutral. "Yah won't mind some company, raght?" Gambit snaked an arm around her waist and forced the young woman to look at him.
"Cherie, Gambit don't think dis be de best option for toi," I could see desperation and longing in his red-on-black eyes and I wondered how much he truly cared for Rogue—this girl he would never be able to touch. Angela was right—love did do crazy things to you. "Don' do dis."
"Remy, please." She ran a gloved hand over his face and the intimate motion took his off-guard. She leaned forward and whispered something in his ear before she quickly kissed his forehead. A few seconds later, she pulled back and Gambit began to topple to the floor. "Someone help!" I rushed forward and helped ease the man down to the floor. Rogue fondly stroked some of his hair before reached into a pocket and pulling a playing card out. Gently, she placed it in his trench coat pocket
"You can't come." I told her frankly.
"Someone's got tah escort yah and muh powers are best suited for it." She said this almost cheerfully.
"Rogue, your powers caused you to lose control," The Professor reminded her gently. "Magneto will use this to his advantage."
"Yeah, so stay put." Logan growled.
"Would y'all just calm down?" Rogue snapped. "Ah can fly, have super strength—ah can definitely hold off a few goons. Magneto won't mind since Dr. Brennan will just make it another one of her conditions."
"I will?" I echoed incredulously.
"Yah will," Rogue replied confidently. "Ah can secure Dr. Brennan's freedom an' the Professor can keep in check with meh telepathically. With him," She gestured towards Gambit's unconscious body. "Out of the way, there's no reason why we shouldn't do this."
"I can't guarantee your safety." I confessed and she smiled a radiant smile at me.
"Ah'm a big girl, Dr. Brennan," She beamed. "Ah can take care of muhself."
The Professor was the first to speak.
"Fine," He sighed in agreement. "But if anything goes wrong, you are both to get out of there, is that clear?"
"Yes," I replied and Rogue nodded her head. I faced the younger girl. "We'd better get ready." She nodded, but I saw her glance at Gambit. "You can put him in my office." Without saying anything, she scooped him up in her arms and flew off. Cam walked by next and pulled me into a hug.
"I should fire you for this," She hissed. "So, you better come back so I can decide your punishment." Hodgins was next and he simply shook my hand before walking off with Cam.
I knew what these were—goodbyes.
Because there was a chance I wasn't coming back.
"Temperance." Booth took a few steps closer—then stopped suddenly.
"What is it?"
"I—" Another step and another falter. Then, suddenly, almost as if he gained his courage, he defiantly stepped so close that only a few inches were separating our faces. He leaned in and for a second, I wondered if he was going to kiss.
Then, he placed a hand on my shoulder.
"Good luck," He whispered and I suddenly felt a sting run throughout my body. "Come back safe." He then walked away.
He hadn't kissed me. We were still partners and that was it. It was our relationship—one that we had been in for many years.
So, why was I upset that he hadn't closed the gap and kissed me?
Author's Note: Up next, an encounter with Magneto! Please review!